Police officers are being laid off across the city in what is being seen as a cost-cutting measure to combat the citywide police budget crisis.
In a news release from the City Council, officials said officers across the board will see their salaries cut by at least $3,000, though the exact cuts vary by department.
Police officers in the city of Detroit will see the largest pay cut, from $32,000 to $23,000.
The cuts are also likely to impact firefighters, paramedics and other first responders, the release said.
“This cuts will be particularly severe for firefighters, as the average salary will decrease by $1,000,” it said.
In response to the cuts, the Detroit Police Association called on the city to cut its police force to the bone and called on councilmembers to “immediately and permanently suspend any and all proposed budget adjustments to the Detroit police force.”
The Detroit Police Union, which represents more than 50,000 Detroit police officers, said the cuts were a violation of the union’s contract.
“We’ve been fighting for this salary cuts for many years and we know that they are not going to be successful in stopping us from fighting for the public’s safety,” the union said in a statement.
“The only way to protect the safety of the citizens of Detroit is to end the pay cut that has been in place for years.
We call on the City to immediately halt any and every budget adjustments and reverse the cuts that will further jeopardize the safety and well-being of Detroiters.”
Officials also released a memo detailing how to contact the city council and ask for the changes to be reversed.
“To get a hold of the City of Detroit and urge it to reverse the drastic cuts to police, fire, and paramedics that will be implemented tomorrow, please email [email protected] or call 311,” the memo said.
The Detroit Police Department said it was “shocked and disappointed” to learn of the reductions.
“Today’s actions by the City are an insult to the officers who work hard to protect our communities, to keep our streets safe and to protect and serve the people of Detroit,” Chief James Craig said in the statement.
“We are deeply saddened by the decisions made today, but we must keep working to keep the city safe.
We will continue to fight to make sure the community has the right people on the force to protect them and our community from crime,” he said.